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Whippits & Highway Death

When a courthouse hack complains of a slow news week, it doesn’t mean nothing important happened. What it means is that all the drama that makes interesting reading happened behind…

Unlucky In Love

“It had been five years,” Mr. Long told the detectives, “five long years and more, I’d gone without it, without, totally without, I mean, ur, uh, ah — you know…

Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object

A Mendocino County Superior Court judge, once seated, becomes almost impossible to dislodge. The inertia of incumbency ossifies, as it were, into an immovable object. Or so it was thought…

Emerald Triangle Argonauts & Ecotopian Avatars

A curious cave north of Laytonville, off Spy Rock Road, must have held an “amazing acoustic effect” as the Special Agents of our trusty local Drug Task Force began tapping…

Courthouse Outtakes, 2014

The obligatory year-in-review highlights represent the staid thinking you get in journalism schools. To me, the idea of rehearsing old stories causes me to slump over my computer in a…

Old and In The Way

Last week Yuta Sakane was held to answer on charges of vandalism — crimes he committed the day before Thanksgiving against his own parents. Respect for one’s elders has long-since…

Because It’s Pink

For the past few decades California’s prison population has grown into something of an international scandal and three federal judges have ordered Governor Jerry Brown to do something about it.…

Home For The Holidays

Home For The Holidays

Rarely does the underclass see any direct results from an election, but this year the results have been immediate and real, with hundreds of local tweakers and petty thieves —…

Grandpa’s Last Ride

Last Friday afternoon Kenneth Wilkinson, 22, was sentenced to 25-to-life with a possibility of parole in 23 years. Wilkinson has already served two years in custody for killing his grandfather,…

Pete’s Last Dash

Peter Richardson’s crime spree is over, his drinking and driving days done, and he’s sitting in the county jail on a no-bail hold awaiting sentencing for five felonies. Considering that…

Bring Me The Head of Johnny Valdez

“Could you repeat that, dispatch? The transmission must be garbled. It sounded like you said there was a home invasion on Laws Avenue…Over?” “Roger that, Laws Avenue. Please respond Code…

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